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SFC Literary Prize

$50,000 for a 3rd to 5th
published work of fiction

The Short List for the fourth St. Francis College $50,000 Literary Prize is out!
  • Paul Beatty, The Sellout (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
  • Maud Casey, The Man Who Walked Away (Bloomsbury USA)
  • Stuart Dybek, Paper Lantern (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
  • David Gilbert, & Sons (Random House)
  • Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead)
  • René Steinke, Friendswood (Riverhead)
The  winner will be announced September 19, 2015 at the Brooklyn Book Festival.
2015 Jury
  • Sigrid Nunez (Boston University)
  • Erin McGraw (Ohio State University)
  • Daniel Torday (Bryn Mawr)
About the Jurors

Sigrid Nunez has published six novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, and, most recently, Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. Among the journals to which she has contributed are The New York Times, Threepenny Review, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, The Believer, and Tin House. Her honors and awards include four Pushcart Prizes, a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters: the Rosenthal Foundation Award and the Rome Prize in Literature.

Erin McGraw is the author of six books of fiction, most recently the novels The Seamstress of Hollywood Boulevard (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), and Better Food for a Better World (Slant Books, 2013).  Her short fiction and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Story, The Atlantic Monthly, Good Housekeeping, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Allure, and other magazines and journals.  She teaches at the Ohio State University, and is married to the poet Andrew Hudgins.

Daniel Torday's debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West, will be published by St. Martin's Press in 2015. His novella, The Sensualist, won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction. Torday's short stories and essays have appeared in Esquire Magazine, Glimmer Train, Harvard Review, The New York Times and The Kenyon Review. He is currently the Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College.

About the Literary Prize

The biannual $50,000 Literary Prize is sponsored by St. Francis College to offer its support and encouragement to the literary community and mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction.

  • Self-published books and English translations are considered. 
  • The next Prize will be for work published between June 2015 and May 2017.
Prize submissions open: TBA
Deadline for prize submissions: TBA
Shortlist announced: TBA
Winner awarded: Brooklyn Book Festival Gala, September 2017.  

To enter, please submit 5 copies of the work to:

SFC Literary Prize
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Questions?: Email Provost Timothy Houlihan

David Vann's novel, Dirt, won the third St. Francis College Literary Prize

Vann beat out the other four writers on the 2013 Short List (Read the full release):

  • Carry the One (Simon & Schuster), by Carol Anshaw
  • The Middlesteins (Grand Central Publishing), by Jami Attenberg
  • Mule (Mariner Books), by Tony D'Souza
  • The Right-Hand Shore (Picador), by Christopher Tilghman

The winner was announced the night before the Brooklyn Book Festival at the opening gala on September 21. The next day, Vann, along with Anshaw and Attenberg kicked off the Book Festival discussing their work at a panel moderated by Jury Prize Member Peter Cameron.

Past Winners

2013: David Vann, Dirt
(Jury: Peter Cameron, Jonathan Dee,Kate Christensen)

2011: Jonathan Dee, The Privileges
(Jury: Rick Moody, Darcey Steinke, Francine Prose)

2009: Aleksandar Hemon, Love and Obstacles
(Jury: Heidi Julavits, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Ben Marcus


2013 Literary Prize Short List Panel


Reading From Love and Obstacles

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